Thousands of dollars of computer towers, monitors and laptops were stolen from the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building sometime between 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 and 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. UC Santa Cruz police Chief Nader Oweis said the exact cost of the equipment is still being calculated.
Since the campus-wide Community Crime Bulletin was sent out Tuesday afternoon, no further updates in the investigation have been made public, Oweis said. Suspect(s) remain unidentified. Oweis said physical evidence shows the suspect(s) broke through the glass window to the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department door and the Graduate Student Office, but there were also several people with access to the building going in and out on Sunday afternoon and evening.
The bulletin stated the crime “may have occurred after midnight, and that the individual(s) responsible for this crime may have been allowed into the building.” Oweis said the door may have been left ajar, not closed properly or opened by one of many people who has access to the building.
UCPD are working with the university’s information security team to narrow down the possible time of the break-in.
“The computers are on a network, and once they are taken off the network there should be a time stamp of sorts to tell us when this may have occurred,” Oweis said. “We don’t know if we can get this information, but it could help determine a time when break in actually happened.”